1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood house in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Hospital in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her daddy, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a previous stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a former housewife who previously worked as a mutual fund Her more youthful brother, Austin, is an actor.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; a few of her antecedents operated in the music industry.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her daddy's side was an Italian immigrant business owner and community leader who opened several companies in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her dad purchased from among his customers.
Swift determines as a Christian She participated in preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan prior to transferring to The Wyndcroft School The family moved to a rented house in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she attended Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift ended up being interested in musical theater and carried out in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise took a trip regularly to New York City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later on shifted her focus towards c and w, inspired by Shania Twain's tunes, that made her want to simply run around the block four times and daydream about whatever. She spent weekends carrying out at local festivals and events.
After enjoying a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She traveled with her mother at age eleven to check out Nashville record labels and sent demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was rejected, nevertheless, due to the fact that everyone in that town wanted to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I need to figure out a way to be various. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer system repairman and local musician Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He assisted with her first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write Fortunate You.
In 2003, Swift and her moms and dads started working with New York-based talent supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his help, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars project, had an original tune consisted of on a Maybelline collection CD, and participated in conferences with major record labels.
After carrying out initial songs at an RCA Records display, Swift was given an artist advancement offer and began making frequent trips to Nashville with her mother.
To help Swift get into country music, her dad moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years of ages, and the family transferred to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially went to Hendersonville High School before moving to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which could much better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession beginnings and launching album
In Nashville, Swift worked with knowledgeable Music Row songwriters such as Troy Verges Brett Beavers Brett James Mac McAnally the Warren Brothers and formed an enduring working relationship with Liz Rose They began satisfying for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were a few of the easiest I have actually ever done. Essentially, I was simply her editor. She 'd write about what occurred in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was trying to say. And she 'd can be found in with the most extraordinary hooks. Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing home but left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She remembered: I really felt that I was running out of time. I wanted to capture these years of my life on an album while they still represented what I was going through. At a market display at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe in 2005, Swift caught the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Huge Machine Records. She had first met Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Huge Machine's first signings, and her father acquired a three-percent stake in the business for an approximated $120,000.
She started dealing with her eponymous debut album soon after. Swift persuaded Huge Maker to employ her demonstration manufacturer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She composed three of the album's songs alone, and co-wrote the staying 8 with Rose, Robert Ellis Orrall, Brian Maher, and Angelo Petraglia Taylor Swift was released on October 24, 2006.
The New York City Times
explained it as a little work of art of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and cynical, held together by Ms. Swift's company, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number five on the U.S.
Signboard 200, where it invested 157 weeks the longest remain on the chart by any release in the U.S. in the 2000s decade.
Swift opening for Brad Paisley in 2007. To promote her debut album, Swift opened for other nation acts' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Big Machine Records was still in its infancy throughout the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mom helped things the CD singles into envelopes to send to radio. She invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, television looks, and opening for Rascal Flatts on select dates throughout their 2006 trip after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his designated time. Church jokingly told Swift she need to give him her very first gold record as thanks for getting fired. She sent him her very first gold record with a note that stated, Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts trip. I all the best appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record market peers at first his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a previously unidentified market teenage girls who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, 4 more songs were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Image to Burn and Should've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Nation Songs, with Our Tune, and Must've Said No reaching primary. With Our Tune, Swift ended up being the youngest individual to single-handedly compose and sing a number-one tune on the chart.
Teardrops on My Guitar reached number thirteen on the U.S.
Swift also released the holiday album Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Vacation Collection in October 2007 and the EP Beautiful Eyes in July 2008.
She promoted her launching album extensively as the opening act for other nation artists' trips throughout 2006 and 2007, including George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won accolades for Taylor Swift. She was among the recipients of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, becoming the youngest person to be honored with the title.
She also won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Finest New Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Top New Female Vocalist, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was likewise chosen for Best New Artist 50th Yearly Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summertime and fall tour.
In July of that year, Swift started a love with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Fearless and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Fearless, was released on November 11, 2008.
5 songs were released in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Brave . Romance, the lead single, peaked at number four on the Signboard Hot 100 and primary in Australia.
You Belong with Me was the album's highest-charting single on the Signboard Hot 100, peaking at second.
All five songs were Signboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at top.
Brave debuted at top on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Trip, Swift's very first headlining concert trip, grossed over $63 million.
Journey to Brave, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later on released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Imagined at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Motion Picture, Swift had a cameo appearance in the film and tape-recorded two tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the music video for You Belong with Me was named Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was interrupted Kanye West an incident that ended up being the subject of controversy, extensive media attention, and lots of Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the incident and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream star.
That year she won five American Music Awards, consisting of Artist of the Year and Favorite Nation Album.
Billboard named her 2009's Artist of the Year The album ranked number 99 on NPR's 2017 list of the 150 Greatest Albums Made By Females.
She won Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year for Romance at the 2009 CMT Music Awards, where she made a parody video of the song with rap artist T-Pain called Hooligan Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Brave was called Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was named Best Country Song Best Female Country Singing Performance. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
During the event, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, an efficiency that got unfavorable reviews and triggered media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times discovered it revitalizing to see someone so talented make the occasional flub.
2009 C And W Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Courageous and was called Entertainer of the Year, the youngest person to win the honor.
Swift included on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Ladies' single Two Is Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and taped Finest Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote 2 songs for the Hannah Montana: The Film soundtrack You'll Always Discover Your Method Back House and Crazier She contributed 2 tunes to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, consisting of the single Today Was a Fairytale , which was her first primary on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
While filming her cinematic debut Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift started a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they broke up later on that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy sweetheart of a high school jock, a function which received mixed reviews.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Examination, playing a rebellious teenager.
Later on that year, Swift hosted and carried out as the musical guest on an episode of Saturday Night Live; she was the very first host to write their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift carrying out during the Speak Now World Trip In August 2010, Swift released Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number 3.
Swift composed the album alone and co-produced every track.
Speak Now, released on October 25, 2010, debuted at atop the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of a million copies.
It ended up being the fastest-selling digital album by a female artist, with 278,000 downloads in a week, making Swift an entry in the 2010 Guinness World Records The songs Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of United States Sparks Fly , and Ours were released as songs. All other than The Story of United States were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Stimulates Fly and Ours reaching number one.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading 10 in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she briefly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Nation Song and Best Nation Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she carried out throughout the event.
Media publications noted the efficiency as an improvement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy performance, which worked as a testament to her abilities as a musician.
Swift won other awards for Speak Now, consisting of Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association (2010 and 2011), Lady of the Year by Signboard (2011 ), and Performer of the Year by the Academy of C And W (2011 and 2012) and the Country Music Association in 2011.
American Music Awards of 2011, Swift won Artist of the Year and Favorite Nation Album.
Rolling Stone placed Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of All Time, writing: She may get played on the country station, however she's one of the couple of authentic rock stars we have actually got these days, with a perfect ear for what makes a tune click. Speak Now World Tour ranged from February 2011 to March 2012 and earned over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift released a live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live She contributed 2 original songs to The Appetite Games soundtrack album Safe & & Sound , co-written and taped with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Noise won the Grammy Award for Best Tune Written for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden World Award for Best Initial Tune Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of United States , released in Might 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift launched We Are Never Ever Returning Together , the lead single from her fourth studio album, Red. It became her very first number one in the U.S. and New Zealand, and reached the top slot on iTunes' digital song sales chart 50 minutes after its release, earning the Fastest Offering Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other songs released from the album consist of Begin Again I Knew You Were Difficulty Whatever Has Actually Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Problem arrived five on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
Three singles, Begin Again, 22, and Red, reached the top 20 in the U.S.
Swift performing on the Red Trip Red was launched on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt with new manufacturers besides long time collaborators Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album includes brand-new genres for Swift, such as heartland rock dubstep dance-pop The album debuted at number one on the Signboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. This made Swift the very first female to have two million-selling album openings, a record recognized by the Guinness World Records.
It was Swift's first number-one album in the U.K.
. The Red Trip ranged from March 2013 to June 2014 and grossed over $150 million, ending up being the highest-grossing nation trip when it completed.
Red had actually offered eight million copies by 2014.
The album made numerous distinctions, including 4 elections at the 56th Yearly Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Trouble won Finest Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift received American Music Awards for Finest Female Country Artist in, and Artist of the Year in She got the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist Award for the fifth and 6th successive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with a special Pinnacle Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the award after Garth Brooks Throughout this time, she had a short-term relationship with English singer Harry Styles In 2013, Swift taped Sweeter than Fiction , a song she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Possibility movie soundtrack. The song got a Best Initial Song nomination at the 71st Golden Globe Awards She offered visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Do not Care , including guitar work by Keith Urban.
Swift carried out As Tears Go By the Rolling Stones Chicago, Illinois as part of the band's 50 & & Counting Florida Georgia Line on stage throughout their set at the 2013 Country Radio Workshop to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree fan, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Girl and had a supporting function in the movie adaptation The Giver In March 2014, Swift lived in New york city City.
Around this time, she was working on her fifth studio album,, with producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Load Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through numerous projects, including welcoming fans to secret album-listening sessions.
Influenced by 1980s synth-pop, Swift severed ties with the nation noise of her previous albums, and marketed 1989 as her very first recorded, official pop album.
The album was launched on October 27, 2014.
Swift carrying out at the 1989 World Trip, the highest-grossing tour of 2015 1989 sold 1.28 million copies in the U.S. during the very first week of release and debuted atop the Billboard 200. This made Swift the very first act to have three albums offer more than one million copies in their opening week, for which she made a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had actually offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three of its songs Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood including rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached primary in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The songs Design and Wildest Dreams reached the top 10 in the U.S.
. Other songs were Out of the Woods and New Romantics The 1989 World Tour ranged from Might to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing tour of the year with $250 million in overall earnings.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift stressed the importance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her whole brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, totally free service weakened the premium service, which supplies higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not providing royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's totally free three-month trial duration and stated that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists during the free trial period, and Swift agreed to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding business, TAS Rights Management, applied for 73 hallmarks related to Swift and the 1989 period memes.
She re-added her entire brochure plus 1989 to Spotify, Amazon Music Google Play and other digital streaming platforms in June 2017.
Swift was called Billboard's Lady of the Year in 2014, ending up being the very first artist to win the award twice.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift got the inaugural Cock Clark Award for Quality.
In 2015, Swift won the Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist The video for Bad Blood won Video of the Year Best Cooperation 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was one of 8 artists to receive a 50th Anniversary Milestone Award at the 2015 Academy of C And W Awards.
58th Grammy Awards in 2016, 1989 won Album of the Year and Finest Pop Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Best Video. Swift was the first lady and 5th act overall to win Album of the Year twice as a lead artist.
Swift dated Scottish DJ and record manufacturer Calvin Harris from March 2015 to June 2016.
Prior to their breakup, they co-wrote the song This Is What You Came For , which includes vocals from Barbadian vocalist Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She consequently dated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a few months.
She began dating English actor Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the tune Better Male Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was launched in November.
2017–-- 2018: Reputation
Swift on her Track Record Stadium Tour (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully sued David Mueller, a former early morning reveal character for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years earlier, Swift had actually notified Mueller's employers that he had sexually attacked her by searching her at an event. After being fired, Mueller implicated Swift of lying and sued her for damages from his loss of work. Soon after, Swift counter-sued for sexual attack for nominal damages of only a dollar.
The jury declined Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift thereafter cleared her social media accounts and released Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her 6th album, Reputation The single was Swift's very first number-one U.K. single.
It topped charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the U.S.
Reputation was released on November 10, 2017.
The album integrates a heavy electropop noise, with hip hop R&B EDM It debuted atop the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. With this achievement, Swift ended up being the first act to have 4 albums offer one million copies within one week in the U.S.
. The album topped the charts in the UK, Australia, and Canada.
First-week worldwide sales amounted to 2 million copies.
The album had sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.